Appendicitis.—Since the theory that this disease is curable by absorption has gained prominence, the use of kerosene oil in connection with the cure has been found useful.

Consumption.—A cloth saturated with kerosene oil, bound around the chest at night and frequently repeated, will remove lung soreness, and it may be taken inwardly with advantage. Eight to ten drops three or four times a day in sarsaparilla. It has been tried efficaciously as a cure for consumption.

Colds.—Ten to twelve drops of kerosene oil on cut loaf sugar, taken every two or three hours, has been found effective in curing colds, also rub neck and chest.

Toothache.—Cotton saturated with kerosene and placed in the tooth, often affords immediate relief.

Croup.—Kerosene has been used in croup with success. It may be taken internally and applied externally.

Burns.—Cloths saturated with kerosene, and applied to burns, exclude the air and bring desired relief from pain.

Bunions and Corns.—A continuous application to corns and bunions for a few days will reduce inflammation and pain, and an entire removal of the corn may be brought about.

Diphtheria.—Swabbing of the throat, at intervals of two to three hours, with kerosene, has been found effective in destroying the membrane of diphtheria and reducing inflammation.

Vegetable Poisons.—Kerosene is an excellent lotion for the external inflammation resulting from vegetable poisons. It should be applied frequently until relief is had.

Quinsy.—External and internal use of kerosene has a remedial effect in this obstinate disease.

Rheumatism.—Petroleum was a favorite Indian remedy for rheumatism. In the purer form of kerosene it is still regarded as a favorite remedy for this painful disease. It may be applied by frequent rubbing.

Cleansing the Scalp.—A little kerosene introduced into glycerine, constitutes an ointment that will speedily remove dandruff and contribute to a clean and healthy scalp.

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Bandage 1.—Sick and nervous headache may be cured by tying a stout bandage around the head at the point indicated by figure 1, in the adjoining cut. Keep the bandage saturated with camphor, alcohol or essence of peppermint. See index—Headache.


Circle 2.—At the points in adjoining cut indicated by figure 2, external applications should be applied to cure croup. A favorite application is petroleum, whose effects may be greatly aided by internal doses of syrup of onions, a teaspoonful every quarter of an hour, till relief is had. For further treatment, see index—Croup.


Applications of turpentine mixed with glycerine, sweet oil or lard, for the cure of pneumonia, should be made at the group of circles, in the adjoining cut, numbered figure 3. Hot poultices may be applied to the same place, with excellent effect. For further and fuller treatment, see index—Pneumonia.


In cases of sunstroke, ice, or cold water should be abundantly applied to the head, neck and chest. One of the most alarming symptoms attending sunstroke is heart failure. To meet this an application of hot water and mustard, or a mustard plaster, should be placed at the point indicated by figure 4, in the adjoining cut.


For this dread disease many doctors use the knife only. But more incline to a remedy by absorption. For this purpose oils, as petroleum or turpentine, are used both externally and internally. In the former case they are applied in the region indicated by figure 5 in the adjoining cut. In acute cases, applications of ice, or cold water, are made in the same region to reduce pain. See index—Appendicitis.

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Circle 1.—A tight bandage tied round the head above the eyes, as indicated at circle 1 of adjoining figure, affords relief to nervous headache. It may be saturated with camphor, essence of peppermint, or salt water. See index—Headache.


A free application of petroleum, well rubbed in, at the point indicated by circle 2, frequently cures diphtheria. Some medical men destroy the germs of diphtheria by blowing pulverized tannin upon the tonsils. Tannin is the inner bark of the oak. See index—Diphtheria.


Circle 3.—This circle, in the adjoining plate, indicates where external applications for acute heart disease should be applied. The best of such applications is cloths dipped in hot water, to which ground mustard has been added. For full treatment, see index—Heart Disease.


Warmth applied at the point Indicated by object 4 of the adjoining cut, in the form of heated salt water, or a hot salt bag, tends to start the flow, and give consequent relief to the bladder. See index—Urinary Diseases.


Object 5.—Diarrhoeal affections, cholera morbus, etc., may be successfully treated externally by hot lotions, and petroleum and other oils, applied to the lower portions of the bowels, indicated by object 5 in the adjoining cut. See index—Diarrhoea.

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Headache, especially if it be of a nervous character, can be readily relieved by the application of a forked bandage, as shown at 1 in the adjoining figure. The bandage should be saturated with hot vinegar and pepper, spirits of ammonia or salty hot water. See index—Headache.


An ice application at the back of the neck at point indicated by 2 in the adjoining figure or the slipping of a cold piece of metal, as a key, down the spine, will check the bleeding. See index— Nose Bleed.


Effectual rubbing of the back and loins with goose-grease, or any of the oils used for cathartic purposes, along the lines indicated in the adjoining figure, mostly proves as efficacious in removing constipation as if taken inwardly. This applies especially to children. See Index—Constipation.

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By applying hot mustard water, a quick mustard plaster, spirits of turpentine or ammonia, to the part of the neck indicated by circle 1, in adjoining figure, speedy relief may be had. See index—Convulsions.


The circles indicated by 2 indicate the spots where external applications should be made to the back for the relief of pleurisy pains. Excellent remedies are hot poultices of flaxseed meal and hops, or hot salt bags. All applications should be kept as hot as the patient can bear. For full local and general treatment see index—Pleurisy.


Applications, three times daily, of turpentine and chloroform, in equal parts, to the regions of the back and loins indicated by figure 3 in the adjoining cut, are said to cure obstinate cases of ague or intermittent fever. For full treatment see index—Intermittent Fever.

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